There are two types of watercolor paper that I want to talk to you about cold press and hot press watercolor papers.
🥶 Cold press watercolor paper:
Has more texture and it shows through.
The paint is a tiny bit less vibrant on this paper in comparison to hot press.
It absorbs the water more quickly giving less time to the artist to work.
This is the most common and the cheapest kind out there.
😰Hot press watercolor paper is:
You can give fine details with a small brush more easily.
It doesn’t absorb the water right away so it gives more time to the artist to work on the painting.
Colors look more vibrant.
It is more expensive then cold press
WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE?
I personally love working with both (As you can see below) and use both papers for my Patreon tutorials. But I think Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper has a special place in my heart! What is your favorite one? And Why? Please share in the comments!
THIS LION WAS PAINTED ON COLD PRESS: You can see the texture of the paper easily.
THIS TIGER WAS PAINTED ON HOT PRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER: You can see that it is easier to give details with this paper, the paper texture is not showing and the colors look more vibrant.
Can you guess if the followings are hot or cold press watercolor paper? The answers are HERE
Pumpkins: Hot Press
Milky Way: Cold PRESS
Monochrome Landscape: Hot Press
The Woods: Cold Press